Federation of Neighborhood Centers (FNC)

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The Federation of Neighborhood Centers (FNC) gives the following descriptive information:

In the belief that more could be done to improve the quality of neighborhood life by working together, FNC was formed in 1906 as a voluntary, nonprofit association by Philadelphia’s settlement house community. For more than 100 years, these neighborhood centers have been critical to the well-being of inner city children, youth, adults, seniors and families. Over the years, the centers have helped thousands of families find and keep homes, learn English, be trained to gain and keep employment, enhance their children’s educational achievement, recognize and encourage many exceptional young people, and work towards having safer and more nurturing environments for all their fellow neighbors. Through the FNC’s support and fostering of collaboration, much has been accomplished in building and rebuilding safer, healthier neighborhoods where families have a better chance at flourishing.

The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia adds:

The Federation of Neighborhood Centers, which dates back to the Philadelphia Settlement and Missions Workers Union in 1906, also continued the legacy of the settlement movement. In 2013, in addition to The Lighthouse and the Lutheran Settlement, the Federation’s members included Diversified Community Services, Friends Neighborhood Guild, Grace United Methodist Church, Legacy Christian Academy, Methodist Services for Children and Families, North Light Community Center, Tomorrow’s Promise, United Communities of Southeast Philadelphia, and the Village of Arts and Humanities. The number of religious-sponsored organizations involved in providing social services continues the intertwining of social gospel and reform that motivated the social settlements of the nineteenth century.

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